Laminar distribution of cortical Lewy bodies and neurofibrillary tangles in dementia with Lewy bodies

Armstrong, Richard A.; Cairns, N.J and Lantos, P.L. (1997). Laminar distribution of cortical Lewy bodies and neurofibrillary tangles in dementia with Lewy bodies. Neuroscience Research Communications, 21 (2), pp. 145-152.

Abstract

The laminar distribution of Lewy bodies (LB) and neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) was studied in twelve cases of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). LB density was maximal in the lower cortex in 59% of cortical areas, in the upper cortex in 31% of areas while densities were similar in the upper and lower cortex in 9% of areas. The distribution of LB was either unimodal with a lower cortical peak, or bimodal with density peaks in the upper and lower cortex. The density of NFT was maximal in the upper cortex in all tissues. The distributions of LB and NFT were similar in temporal and frontal cortex and in cases with and without Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The vertical densities of LB and NFT were not significantly correlated. LB formation may affect the feedback cortico-cortical pathway and the efferent cortical projections whereas NFT formation may affect the feedforward cortico-cortical pathway.

Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Optometry
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Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia with Lewy bodies,Lewy body,neurofibrillary tangles,laminar distribution,Alzheimer’s disease,Neuroscience(all)
Published Date: 1997-09

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